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I have a 97 cavalier, z24. the car cuts off. when you start it, the engine shakes really hard and there is a pinging sound that sounds like it is coming from the catalytic converter/muffler area. Then when I looked at the muffler, what seems to be metal shavings are coming out of the exhaust. what could this be?

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Either your timing belt or chain has broken or the pistons are destroyed due to lack of oil, overheating or just you basic engine wear.

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